3 Colors You Shouldn't Wear to a Wedding (Plus 3 You Should)

And just like that, wedding season is upon us again. After what seems like ages, our inboxes are suddenly being flooded with wedding invites, and I don't know about you, but it definitely feels as though there are more weddings and wedding-related events this year than in previous years. As we're all reemerging into the world, wedding guest attire is something we could all afford to brush up on right now. Let's be honest: It's never been simple to put together the perfect ensemble since there are so many factors to consider, like the time of day, venue, dress code, and so many more details.

To shed light on at least one aspect of a winning guest look—which colors to wear to a wedding—we're deferring to the experts. Today, we're tapping Micaela Erlanger, celebrity stylist, bridal fashion expert, and a regular Who What Wear contributing voice, to let us in on the dos and don'ts when it comes to picking out a color palette. While the colors in the "okay" bucket go far beyond what we're highlighting here, we're keeping things streamlined and naming three color families that are flawless wedding guest choices for any kind of nuptials. On the flip side, Erlanger is also noting which three hues to avoid wearing (and for good reason).

Continue on to find out the colors to wear and skip and, of course, to peruse our shopping picks for the former.

Suggest Avoiding: White

"Remember, this is the bride's special color for the day. Let them shine."

Instead Try: Metallics

"There is nothing like some shine to say 'I'm here to celebrate.' Metallics make for a beautiful choice whether in silver, gold, gunmetal, or a rose hue."



Suggest Avoiding: Red

"This color is too strong and harsh and could distract in photos, ultimately taking the attention away from the guests of honor and the couple."

Instead Try: Soft Blush

"Soft, romantic, and foolproof!"



Suggest Avoiding: Neon Hues

"Neon already hurts my eyes. Remember, you are at a wedding, not a club."

Instead Try: Pale Blue

"As the saying goes, the bride needs something blue on their wedding day. Who says it can't be a guest's dress?"

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For more wedding guest inspiration, see 9 foolproof ensembles for any type of wedding.